3 March 2000|
Universal Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Ouija Board, Ouija BoardMorrissey made this homecoming concert a special one. There hadn't been any backdrops up to this point on the Oye Esteban tour, but on this date he introduced not only a new backdrop, but nine of them (info here). They would be displayed successively over the course of the evening. These would be used for the rest of the leg and one or another here and there on the upcoming Latin American leg. There was also new merchandise for sale in the entrance of the venue.
The concert went down well, but there were unfortunately quite a few sound problems. The crowd was very receptive, as is tradition in Los Angeles. Nobody made it on stage. Fans were expecting, perhaps hoping, that the cover of Bowie's "Drive-In Saturday" which had been added to the setlist on the previous date would played here again, but it wasn't. It was dropped along with "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side", "Alma Matters" and "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get", to be replaced by "Billy Budd", "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me".
Morrissey hit the stage at the end of the usual James Bond theme intro, dressed in his PVC suit. The first of the new backdrops, the one with 'Moz Angeles' in bright lights, was displayed. His opening line as the fans cheered wildly was "Bring me home and have me!... Hermanos!". After set opener "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" he added "Thank you all my friends... it's beautiful to see your faces!". After "Billy Budd" he said "I am box office poison... I have no record label... the American music scene is not very nice (crowd boos)... and you're booing them, you're not booing me..."
At the end of "Hairdresser On Fire" he changed out of his PVC suit and when he came back, he said "Who said PVC had to be tasteful?" then "Here are some more songs about boxers and hairdressers..." Besides more common live changes in "Now My Heart Is Full" he also sang "just some raincoated lovers hermanas". After that song he said "I have a strange feeling that was completely out of tune... Julia, was it in tune?" He then went on to chat with the latter fan: "I think I'm okay, I think I'm okay... How are you? (she answers: 'very well', Morrissey replies) I love you very well."
Before going into "The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" Morrissey shouted "Too nice!" After the song he said "Oh, come on! You'd scream for anything... so try this one, then... Does anyone have a cigarette? I left mine in the machine... Does anyone have a cigarette? No? That's good to know, actually... No, no cigarette?" He then commented on the sound "Does it sound okay because it sounds terrible up here (crowd cheers)... are you sure?" A cigarette was finally thrown at him from the audience so over the first bars of "Meat Is Murder" he said "That was lit!".
Between two lines of "Meat Is Murder" Morrissey complained again about the sound by saying "I can't hear what I'm singing". The song was followed with a variation on the usual moral: "The moral is that... the next time somebody offers you elephant pie, Just! Say! No!". Morrissey then took on a pirate voice to tell a fan: "Yes, I know, it's beautiful, it's beautiful... I wish it was mine, but you won't give it to me, yes, you will, I've got it..." Fans thought this was quite funny and Morrissey added, back to his normal voice, "I'm multilingual..."
Over the opening bars of "Boxers", right before the first line "Losing in front of your home crowd...", Morrissey said "This how I feel right now." Along those lines he also sang "But I will return one day because of all the things that I see when my eyes close" and "will time never pass for you. The following planned titled was introduced with the line "This song is S-I-Q-U-E... sick... it's called 'I Can Have Both'!" As the opening notes of the song were heard he added "...and I can!".
During the instrumental outro of the latter number a glass of beer was passed on to Morrissey from the audience. The man took a few sips, returned the glass then said, half singing and half talking, "People are kind... people are very kind... I've noticed... people are very very kind... very kind... you're kind... I'm kind... people are so very kind... Yes, I know your hair looks beautiful... yes, I can have both... did you know that I can have both? West Ham beauty I can have both..." After the song he said "I'd like to thank you all individually... but I don't know all your names, so...? (someone shouts) From where? Where are you from? Huntington? From the heart of your bottom? Oh..."
After "Lost" Morrissey asked "Would you please say hello to the best in the world, Alain Whyte! (crowd cheers but doesn't say hello) You didn't say hello! (crowd shouts hello) Thank you..." In turn Alain said "We're all really nervous up here, so we're trying our best" after which Morrissey asked "Did you hear that? No, I didn't either... what did he say? That doesn't make sense, does it? Did I ever make sense?". After "Is Is Really So Strange?": "Thank you... you've shown incredible tolerance, and incredible bravery... although maybe not... I dunno... YES!".
Halfway into "November Spawned A Monster" Morrissey said, half giggling, "I can't hear it... I can't hear the song as I try to sing it... I'll pretend I can hear it... and hopefully I'll be in tune... (back to the song) must draw the line (back to adlib) I'm a professional!" After the song he said "I'd like to thank our sponsors, but we don't have any! So I'll just say, we stand alone..." Morrissey then introduced "Tomorrow" as its Spanish equivalent: "Mañana". All occurrences of the word "Tomorrow" in the song were changed to "Mañana" as well, except once when Morrissey forgot and said "Tomorrow... ooops!".
Coming back for the encore, Morrissey thanked his fans before going into "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me": "I know that... for the most part you think that it's we who give to you, but really it's you who give to us, and we're very grateful... so thank you..." As Frank Sinatra's "My Way" came on the PA, signaling the end of the show, the "Moz Angeles" backdrop from the beginning of the concert was shown again.
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